Afghanistan militants among Kazakhstan protesters, - Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Thus, Moscow sees a threat not only to Kazakhstan but also to itself
17:18, 6 January 2022

Azattyq Radio

Russia has said that protesters in Kazakhstan include militants from gangs operating in the Middle East, primarily in Afghanistan, Vice Speaker of the Russian Council Konstantin Kosachov writes in Facebook.

"According to the information received, the ranks of the protesters include well-trained militants from radical gangs, which are active in the Middle East, especially in Afghanistan. They have already taken at least two locations of the Kazakh armed forces in the ring, offering them effective professional resistance," he wrote.

In his opinion, thus, "this is no longer a civil protest, much less an internal affair of Kazakhstan, but a threat to all of us."

In the beginning of 2022 protests erupted in Kazakhstan after the increase in the price of liquefied gas. Demonstrators announced an indefinite action. Demands to reduce the price of gas have grown into calls for the resignation of the president and government. The Internet has been shut down in the country, law enforcement agencies seized military equipment, make arrests. Kazakh TV channels suspended broadcasting.

However, protests in the city of Almaty escalated into mass riots. People started burning cars and office buildings.

During the protests, at least 13 law enforcers were killed, according to the information of the local media. Two of them were decapitated.

After a couple days of antigovernment protests the Cabinet of Kazakhstan has filed a resignation letter, and President Kasym-Jomart Tokayev accepted it.

Later, a state of emergency was declared in Kazakhstan by the new Cabinet. At the same time, Tokayev called for military assistance from the CSTO member states.

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has approved the deployment of troops into Kazakhstan.

Related: Clashes in Almaty: more than 30 protesters died and about 2,000 more detained

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